Schools in Suffolk

St Mary's

Suffolk schools are organised in two different ways. Across the majority of Suffolk there is a two-tier education system. However, in parts of Bury St Edmunds there is a three-tier system.

There are literally hundreds of schools with outstanding Ofsted reports in Suffolk but be warned some of them have very small catchment areas.  


In year applications are made via the local authority with the exception of Voluntary aided, foundation, free schools and academies  where you apply directly to the school.  The best way to find out more is contact the Local Authority of Suffolk for more information.


It’s interesting to note the high percentage of primary Church schools gaining outstanding ofsted status, particularly around Ipswich.  

The ones to mention particularly are St Marys’ Catholic Primary, St John’s Church of England Primary, St Marks Catholic Primary with Springfield Junior the notable exception.  


Other primary schools to watch out for include Barrow Church of England Primary and Great Barton Church of England as well as Sebert Wood in Bury St Edmunds.  Also in that area of the county are All Saints Church of England Primary,  Great Whelnethan Church of England and Wickhambrook Community Primary Schools. 


Popular villages with primary schools include (please check the schools as not all are achieving the best results at the moment.

East Bergholt,

Long Melford,



Little  Bealings,


Wickham Market,

Saxmundham Primary School,

Aldeburgh Primary School, Middleton Community Primary School

Sir Robert Hitcham’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School


Some of the secondary schools of particular note include Bury St Edmunds Upper School, St James’ Middle School,  St Louis Catholic Middle Schol, Hartismere School, Suffolk One, Pinewood, Farlingaye


There are a number of good Independent Schools in the county including

Ipswich School, Woodbridge School and Royal Hospital School.  Other Schools across the county borders are also easily accessible including schools in Essex, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

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